Yuk -50 ticks!! that would really put me off. Managed a rather warmrun/walk up to the top of the path from old kilpatrick to the lochside - 10k tok about 1.5 hours, due to the heat/ sttpeness- trying to keep the HR down- came hmoe and downed a bottle of alcoholic ginger beer- whilst sitting out in th egarden...................very bad behaviour!
Mt friends have been on the one show tonight- getting quite excited abou the games now!
It is best to do the LSR in a on-er if possible, but better than nothing to do 2 shorter runs the same day.
I do a lot of back- to - back 11 mile runs ( 11 miles being my distance to work), and very few 16 mile LSR's, and I've got round about 10 marathons, so do'nt worry if your trainig is nothing like the textbooks say. As booktrunk says- you can finish a marathon without doing any 20 milers, it would just be prettier if you did!
No point doing so much mileage that you end up injured.
IT will take you more than a week to recover properly from your 35miler- take it very easy- even after a marathon, you need about a week off, and this is a significant extra bit, and recovery will take longer for a first timer.
WHen you get your lovely new shoes, go very gently for a couple of weeks.
IF you need to do something in the meanwhile tr yswimming/ pool running, or some gym work.
Do those high pitched noise thingy's work? Or does it have to be a spray? I'd just feel funny carrying a can of dog deterrent everywhere i run, but I am bothered by dogs on occaision, and it would be nice to have a weapon against them ( other then kicking- which I think would increase the chance of getting bitten).